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OMAHA, Neb. – An NCAA-leading three Boston College baseball players were named to the Perfect Game Freshman All-America Team on Thursday morning. Outfielder Sal Frelick (Lexington, Mass.) and second baseman Cody Morissette (Exeter, N.H.) each earned their second Freshman All-America honor of the season, while right-handed pitcher Mason Pelio (San Diego, Calif.) became the seventh Freshman All-American in BC history.
Morissette was recognized as a First Team selection by Perfect Game. Frelick and Pelio were both named to the Second Team.
Morissette, who was previously recognized as a Collegiate Baseball News All-America Third Team pick and a Freshman All-American, hit .441 (26-for-59) in the second half of ACC play to hit .320 for the season. An All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman team pick, he led the Eagles with 20 doubles and 41 RBI. His 20 doubles are tied for seventh most in a single season at BC. Morissette capped his season by being named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. After hitting just two home runs in the regular season, he burst on to the playoff scene with two home runs in BC’s championship-opening win over Clemson.
Despite his freshman campaign being cut short due to injury, Frelick was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team. He hit a team-high .367 with 32 runs driven in and 30 scored. Frelick stole a team-high 18 bases and led BC with a .447 on-base percentage and .513 slugging percentage on eight doubles, one triple, and four home runs.
Pelio started his rookie season as the Eagles’ Sunday starter before moving into the Saturday role midway through ACC play. He went 4-3 on the season with a 3.63 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in 72 innings. Pelio turned in seven quality starts, including seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball to clinch a series at No. 19 Florida State. An ACC All-Freshman Team pick, he got BC off on the right foot with six innings and one earned run against eighth-seeded Clemson in an eventual extra-inning win in the ACC Championship opener.
Over the last four seasons, five Boston College players have pulled in Freshman All-America honors from various media outlets. Pitcher Jacob Stevens, a 21st round pick of the Diamondbacks a year ago, was the first in 2016 and Chris Galland, who was an All-ACC Third Team honoree last season, was recognized in 2018.